Warfare in News

Posted on Wednesday 5th February

Seventy-one years after carrying out one of the most iconic raids of the Second World War, 617 Squadron - known as the Dambusters - has returned to RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland after flying their final mission in Afghanistan.

119 members of the squadron were reunited with their loved ones when they returned to their home base yesterday, Tuesday, 4 February.

Prior to the homecoming, the squadron had been on deployment on their final operational tour in Afghanistan. During their 4 months there, the Dambusters flew 188 missions equating to over 1,500 flying hours.

617 Squadron will officially disband at the end of March this year, but will reform as the RAF’s first Lightning II Squadron at RAF Marham, Norfolk, in 2018.

Further Reading

617 Dambuster Squadron at War

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617 Dambuster Squadron at War

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No. 617 Squadron RAF Bomber Command is world-famous for its daring raids on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe Dams, the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the attacks on the German ship Tirpitz. This book contains rarely seen photographs of the squadron's aircraft, crews and other behind-the-scenes operations. Each image is accompanied by a lengthy caption that convey the location and history surrounding the subject in question. Read more...

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